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Today you should know that Oklahoma State Department of Health has ended its contract with Planned Parenthood to provide nutrition assistance for low-income women, infants, and young children. The OK Policy Blog has discussed an earlier attempt by legislators to remove Planned Parenthood from this program. A new student organization at the University of Oklahoma has been formed to promote political involvement on issues of reproductive justice and gender equality. Implementation of a plan to privatize parts of foster care and improve the welfare of children in state custody is well under way.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named Oklahoma one of the most improved states for energy efficiency in its annual rankings. OK Policy previously examined why energy efficiency is important and what more we can do to improve it in Oklahoma. Legislators pulled a request to block the appropriation of $2 million in public funds to a private, nonprofit livestock show. Oklahoma Policy Institute released an updated fact sheet on budget trends and highlights.
A Senate interim study discussed the fact that state appropriations to common education have been reduced by nearly $200 million since 2009. Rep. Richard Morrissette called for the legislature to intervene on behalf of dozens of education leaders who have questioned the accuracy and fairness of A-F grades for schools. The U.S. Department of Education has started its own investigation into Douglass Mid-High School, where former students and teachers allege administrators changed grades and forged attendance records.
The Tulsa World spoke with OK Policy Director David Blatt and other state policy experts about last night’s presidential debate. David Blatt’s Journal Record column explains how we all pay taxes – rich, poor and middle class alike. The OK Policy Blog discussed how the decline of American labor unions has led to stagnant incomes for working families and growing inequality.
The Number of the Day is how many Oklahomans were enrolled in the food stamp program at some point during FY 2011. In today’s Policy Note, a new study Georgetown University researchers suggests that even if insurers are allowed to sell across state lines, they won’t choose to do so.